Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

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Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

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These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

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Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

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Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

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Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

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Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

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Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

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Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

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Imagination Station

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Remember the old Sesame Street fun about using your imagination? If not, here’s a little reminder: m.youtube.com/watch?v=QZawTyARxp0.

What do you like to imagine? Our teamies shared these items that trigger their imagination. We hope you’ll share your thoughts on this subject too.

Great idea! “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Einstein

I paint animals and flowers, but in my shop occasionally I have something special. This pastel painting I painted for an exhibition titled “Fairy tales of gold”. In many cultures, there is a theme of mythical dragon that guards the treasure. This dragon is scary and the only real hero can get the treasure…

This pastel drawing was presented at my exhibition 2014. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the image shipment.

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Gold dragon eye ABSTRACT Fine Art PASTEL DRAWING on green paper Large Original Animal Fantasy Realistic Modern Art Living room Wall decor

I think that as children we all start out with loads of imagination and somewhere along the way we stuff it in a drawer and become grown ups. Opening up that drawer again and letting it out frees a sense of spirit and joy.

I used to teach creative thinking and I found it was a wonderful way to loosen up the brain, sort of like brain floss. While doing farm chores I often let my mind wander and create stories in my mind – mental gymnastics if you will. The same thing happens when I bring my camera up to my eye (sorry, no cell phone in my house) – I try to see what others might not.

Come on, aren’t you just waiting for a little fairy to pop out of one of these while bells?

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Metallic Print Pure White Lily of the Valley Macro Photograph ~ Metallic Print 16 x 20

I love babies and children. I used to teach in an occupational therapy setting in schools for learning disabled children. Many prospered to go on to regular education as parents imagined they would with a little jump start. I have one grand baby and one on the way. I imagine a house full of grand babies!! I dreamed of one last night!

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Child’s Face Plate 8 Inch Dish Shaped as a Child’s Head Light Brown Curly Yellow Head Band Blue Eyes Child’s Room Decor Display Gift

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said:

Imagination is what makes the world go round. Well, it does in my life. here is a piece that I made using precious metal clay. it is strung on pink rubies and has a flower in the hand and a small golden bee.

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Ruby Necklace Fine Silver Recycled Silver 999 One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs – PMC

Until next time,

Sheila

Cleaning House

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

Have you ever read (or thought you should read) The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up? (www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/…) it’s great inspiration for decluttering! Whether it’s scrubbing or just reorganizing the piles, we wondered what folks thought about the subject of  Cleaning House. Here’s what our Etsy Christmas In July friends shared!

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I love Marie Kondo’s methods and even mention her on our Profile Page! We try to fill our shop with items that “Spark Joy!” This fun Arm & Hammer Chart shows “recipes” for cleaning nearly everything under the sun with baking soda! Now, you can “declutter” by tossing those expensive products stored in the cupboard! Baking soda does the trick from burned on food to bait buckets!
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Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Advertising Vintage 50s Outdoor Cleaning Chart Ad Litho Cardboard Dial “Carefree Camping” Fun Guide Kitschy Gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Well about cleaning: Etsy was all over my house. The girls at work encouraged me to move my work space from the kitchen table to the family room. It has really freed us up. Here’s a broom to help clean in the small areas. It is old and hand painted with real straw!
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Straw Hanging Hand Broom Wooden Spool Painted Lady With Strap Mid Century Antique Spool Art Primitive Rustic Farmhouse Decor Gift

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

I have two daughters, both creative souls and both members of the Stock Lane Studio team. One is highly organized and a whiz when it comes to placement and design. Another claims to have a method to her cluttered madness but that remains to be seen. Little by little though, her household clutter is being whittled away. Revealing mounds of dust bunnies that are making her wish she had never tackled the clutter in the first place! We all know someone who needs a sign like this.
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Kids room Decor Printable Warning disaster Zone sign, digital Black Red Party Décor, Teen Room sig, digital sign for him her messy room 8×10

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

Sometimes when you are cleaning and organizing, you end up with a lot of tiny things that need homes. I love using vintage and repurposed items on my dresser to store cosmetics, jewelry and other small items. This bird patterned repurposed trinket dish is great for holding jewelry, keys and other items.
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Bird Trinket Dish, Repurposed Jewelry Holder, Upcycled Tiered Candy Dish, Recycled Dish Bird Feeder, Potpourri Holder, Ceramic Dresser Tray

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

 My printable calendars are something I use for myself all the time. I have found it really helpful to write it down on the day I do those certain routine chores – because a few days afterward I simply won’t remember when a chore needs to be done again. So, my calendars don’t just have doctor appointments, or call a friend this week. I know from a glance when to clean the shower again, or change the kitty litter! I love the simple usefulness of a calendar I can scribble whatever I need to on!
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SALE – 2017 Printable Calendar – New Chevron Design, Instant Download, Letter Size, JPG 300 dpi

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset said:

 Cleaning…Yuck!

I would bet that cleaning and organizing is not at the top of anyone’s to do list. It is a necessary evil.

Here are some fun facts about cleaning…

1. You can burn 100 calories for each hour of cleaning. (I need to lose weight, but this would not be my first choice for doing it.)

2. By simply disinfecting your desk frequently, you can reduce sick days in the office by 30%. (N/A I am retired)

3. Dust particles are comprised of 70% dead skin flakes. (YUCK!!!)

4. Office phones have over 25 000 germs per square inch. (Going to clean my phone right NOW!)

5. For antibacterial cleaner to be effective it must be left on surfaces for 30 to 60 seconds before wiping away. (Thanks, I didn’t know this.)

6. The air quality in a closed space can be up to 500% worse than outdoors. (News to me.)

7. Most offices contain 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. (Glad I am retired for sure!)

8. One square metre of carpet can hold approximately 1kg of dirt. (Someone want to convert this for me?)

9. The average woman cleans for 12, 896 hours in her lifetime, while men clean an average of 6, 448 hours. (What’s up with this?)

10. Typical office workers hands come in contact with 10 million bacteria per day. (Again, retired.)

Source:
www.forbes.com
www.howstuffworks.com
www.disinfecttoprotect.com

I believe everyone should have a pretty and unique container for their trash in every room. Here is one for starters…

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Basket Wicker Wastepaper With Rust and Gold Ribbon BowUnique Vintage White Wicker Collector Awesome Gift Idea Bedroom Bathroom Basket

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

 Well I have been tidying up and decluttering the past few weeks as I prepare to move houses! Part of this process has been going through clothes and some have needed buttons sewn back on. So here are some fun buttons!
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Novelty buttons, mixed buttons, teapots, hearts, flowers, flat back, set of 15

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

 This isn’t cleaning house, but it is a good way to clean out some of the craft beads and charms that you have left over from other projects.

Love these wine charms that you put on your glass so that you never forget whose glass is whose at a party.

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Wine charms, beach glass wine charms, sea glass wine charms, nautical wine charms, unique wine charms

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns said:

Nothing makes you clean house like the hormones that cause “nesting” in the second trimester of pregnancy! When pregnant with my first, my husband found me in the middle of the night climbing in the pantry to organize all of our party serving ware for the Baptism party we were going to throw four months later!

He also found me organizing (and reorganizing!!) all our food in the pantry! Stockpiling the faves and making donation bags constantly!

This time around, my home studio is getting tons of attention! It’s been VERY fruitful to organize beads and see what I really have in stock and what I need to order (vs just guessing)! The hormones have also inspired me to set up a more productive and consistent photography light box that is always ready to go!

That–and again, hoarding a bunker of our favorite foods!! I think my subconscious is worried about us starving to death when a new baby comes lol!

Here’s a tribute to all those pregnant mommies out there riding the highs and lows of those hormones that make us glow and grow!!! A new collection of mine inspired by the baby under my heart–a pregnancy tracking bracelet to help you keep time of your little one’s approaching birthday! A great baby shower gift or treat for yourself! You deserve it after all that life changing magic of mid night tidying!

Pickles and Ice cream maternity bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to those who shared their thoughts and great items with us!

Until next time,

Sheila

Eco Friendly Ideas

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Here at CIJ we wanted to know what Eco Friendly Ideas you have and share with others.

I would like to know what do you do for the economy? Do you have any eco-friendly idea to share? This can be if you recycle around the home? This could be something you do to help the environment, anything that you do that consists with Eco Friendly Ideas.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandamo says; My one-of-a-kind ring holder is eco-friendly and really suggested for a rustic wedding. It will for sure be amazing for a bride who is organizing a green wedding and loves eco-friendly accessories. Almost all the ring pillow components are natural. The basis is a nice birch slice, covered by real moss, decorated with a bunch of micro white flowers.

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Rustic Moss Ring Pillow

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; It sure is ecofriendly not to use electricity to make coffee. When camping make coffee over an open fire. You can even do it at home on your fire pit in the back yard. Here’s my great enamel coffee pot with all the implements.

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Enamel Coffee Pot Blue Speckled Pot

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says; As a ceramic artist I do use a lot of water, electricity and gas. So I try to offset my carbon footprint in other areas such as growing my own food, recycling waste, and reusing rather than disposing as much as possible. In my shop most of my products are ceramic, but I also have a range of jewellery made from upcycled materials created from a range of materials such as buttons, beads and fabric. I also make jewellery from up-cycled guitar strings. My partner plays guitar and is frequently changing the strings and they are such a shame to throw away, so I make jewellery from them – earrings, necklaces and bracelets!

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Guitar String Ring Eco Friendly

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says; I make “Eco Friendly” gift tags… These save me money because I do not have to buy gift tags… I just make them from old cards OR the cardboard backing in a package that would just be thrown away I use in tags. These are great for anyone who wants to buy Up Cycled or Eco Friendly because they are made of things that would normally be put in the trash. I am reusing sources instead of buying new.

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Mom Gift Tag Sets

Linda from LazyYVintage says; I remember when they village started to offer recycling bins. The whole family was excited and thankful to stop throwing away things into a landfill. It made us feel useful and definitely was one thing you could do that would lower your carbon footprint on the earth. From that started a love a nature and natural areas. We volunteer in the fall to pick prairie seed, spring Jim loves to go on a good prescribed burn as a volunteer. I’ve written grants that have helped local communities and environmental groups restore, repair, and purchase prairie lands (as well as wetlands with endangered species located there). Our hobby is hiking and we try to hit as many natural areas, state and national state parks as we can. With all that, vintage is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our home is full furniture that I have refinished or am reusing. With that said, my favorite color is green. So this vintage dinnerware set really appeals to me, and is a our pleasure to be able to save it and pass it on.

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Frosted Green Glass Cups and Saucers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says; At Design’s the Limit, we specialize in a number of Eco-Friendly products including glass, bamboo, and rubberwood. We are extremely concerned about the planet, the direction of humanity, and future. We encourage our customers to stop using disposable anything and get personal with your gifts and the planet. Travel mugs reduce disposables, glass can be recycled indefinitely, rubberwood is harvested and repurposed instead of being burned, and bamboo is renewable, long-lasting, and anti-bacterial!

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Design your Stemless Wine Flutes

Prezemila K from CanisArtStudio says; I am also concerned about the planet. Recently in my country legislation has been enacted permitting the destruction of trees. Many people protested and we signed petitions to stop it. In my paintings and drawings I’m immortalize animals and plants by nature. Sometimes my work is the creation of documentation or reconstruct the image of animals or plants which no longer exist. I have designed and produced painted clocks made of wooden waste materials. These pieces of wood were intended to be burned. So my clocks are made of recycled materials. I want to share my passion and love for nature.

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Little Bird Hand Painted Clock

Thank you to everyone who took part in Eco Friendly Ideas. Julie

Daily Inspirations

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

We at Etsy Christmas In July love to see pictures and know what is your Daily Inspiration? Why do you make the items you make? What gives you the inspiration to make it? Your inspiration can be anything that gives you the creative bug and we want to know.

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; Sunshine brings me happiness and inspiration. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of sun in Syracuse. That’s why we spend time in Cape Cod. This is a happy plate! Sunshine and rainbows inspire me to push through life!

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Hand Blown Glass Dish, Sun and Rainbow

Aparticle Zwolle from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says; Raindrops falling from the rooftops.

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Aqua Blue Rhinestone Choker

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says; Inspiration from your senses come to mind. Sense of smell, sight fragrant flowers colors comes to my mind. How can anybody not see inspiration in crafting from colorful flowers? I love to share things that can bring smiles to others. Especially with flowers. I like to share them with my friends.

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Mixed variety of sunflower seeds

Cindy Blakeslee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This pattern is for a cute crochet fox phone cozy/case. It’s perfect to keep your cell phone in or to make as a gift for someone special. He has button eyes and a big button nose for the closure.

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Crochet Fox Phone Tablet Cozy Case

Christine from heartfeltgiver says;  About two years ago we moved from NJ to a small farm town in IL with a lot of German influence.

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Biergarten Distressed Sign Wood

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphry says; I like to use color palettes as my inspiration or take a photo from nature and turn into something elegant using the same colors in the photo.

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Floating Teacup

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; A lot of my inspiration comes from seeing color combinations while watching TV or leafing through a magazine. Sometimes a new color combination will stick in my head and I will start to see it more – in a commercial even, on the new! I don’t remember exactly where I first saw this color combo but I began to see it more and more, so I had to make a new paper pack.

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Pink Blush Digital Paper

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says; Inspiration to wear! The word “Soul” in fancy script on a turquoise blue background is set under round glass domes. The glass dome magnifies the words underneath.

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Soul Inspiration Round Earrings

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says; I love finding new pretty papers to use in my creations! My inspiration comes from the designs on the paper as well as my surroundings like the garden. These gift tags are made with gorgeous Japanese papers that I love!

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Japanese Gift Tags

Dorota from YORNAMENTS says; My garden is my inspiration. It is not huge but it is VERY full. It is full of trees, evergreen shrubs, perennial plants, tall grasses and colorful flowers. The garden is full of rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and of course birds. They are my favorite, as they sing beautifully and visit me often on my patio. I keep watching these birds from my kitchen window, while I wash the dishes. It is truly better then TV for me. It makes me really happy creating imaginary birds. I love when they come to life in my hands. I have so many bird ornament plans to create for my shop. Here is just the beginning – Birds Gift for Her`

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Ornaments Woodland Christmas Decorations

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says; Inspiration is very important to me. I’m a painter and a great lover of animals and nature. I have two beautiful English Setters and daily I walk with my dogs in the meadows. Sometimes I meet wild animals and it is a wonderful experience. I also love to ride a horse. Horses are my great love and that is why they are important for my creativity. Every day I bring to my house a new bouquet of wild flowers that I then sketch or paint on canvas. I also love watching how my dogs play. I have many friends who have dogs and sometimes I go to the dog shows to meet them and share our passion. It inspired me to paint their portraits and capture our pets. We would love to have them always with us …

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Custom Dog Portrait

Thank you for all of you who took part in Daily Inspirations.

Julie

Let Wedding Season Begin

Contributor post by Nancy from JaysBoutiqueCrochet

Wedding season is just around the corner! Whether it is your big day or you are helping a friend or family member plan their wedding, we know how overwhelming the details can be. Luckily, your Christmas in July team is here to help, with this compilation of beautiful and unique products that can be the perfect finishing touch for that memorable day.

We would love to hear what Etsy items you have used in the past for weddings, or what wedding-geared items you have in your shop! But in the meantime, here are some products from our team members that will make your wedding that much more beautiful and meaningful!

It all starts long before the actual wedding day, of course, and StockLaneStudio has you covered. What better way to ask your bridal party to be a part of your special day than with these fun invitations? The owner says:

“I absolutely love weddings – just a wonderful feeling of hope and happiness and giddy blissful love. I really enjoyed designing SLS’s pink bubbly wedding party cards. I think they present a fun way to ask loved ones to be party of the wedding party. And apparently I’m not the only one. Here’s a nice comment from one happy bride:

“Loved this! Such a cute, different way to ask my best friend to play an important role in my wedding. Thank you!!!”‘

 

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam offers us the perfect petticoat – an old-fashioned yet undeniably fun touch! This particular petticoat is made for a slim bride but seems to be adjustable and flexible regarding the amount of flare! She says:

“This is a great Slip/Petticoat Undergarment for the Bride. It Flares as much or little as need be. It has never been worn!”

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Petticoat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies suggested her flower acrylic beads as the perfect supply to have on hand during wedding season, and how right is she! These beads are not only inexpensive, but they are versatile and match just about everything! She says:

“These clear flower beads are perfect to embellish wedding or bridesmaids dresses, table decor, wedding bunting, bouquets and jewelry….”

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WillowValleyVintage offers many beautiful decorations for your wedding day, including figurines, tissue paper novelties, and more! I love that all of these items are not necessarily expected to be at a wedding (no one would notice if they were not there) but they are a surprising and lovely touch that show a particular attention to detail and a true desire to make this day perfect. The owner shared with us this lovely stereoview card:

“This is a stereoview card from the early 1900s. It has a 3D effect when used with a stereoscope–similar to View-Master toys of today. We love all the pretty details and guests waiting in the background of the scene!”

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Antique wedding stereoview

No discussion of weddings would be complete without a mention of the wedding dress itself! Cynthia from StraylightVintage offers an absolutely stunning array of clothes, but obviously the shop section we are most interested in here is the Vintage Wedding Dress section! Cynthia shared this darling (and incredibly affordable!!) wedding dress with a personal story:

“Sweet wedding dress worn one time ….by my aunt in the early 1950’s.”

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1950s wedding dress

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs thinks every bride should have a beautiful pair of Vintage Faux Pearl Clip Earrings, an ideal accessory for the retro Bride! These lovely earrings remind me of the ones worn by my Aunt on her wedding day back in 1962 – I was her Flower Girl!

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Every bride and groom want something extra special to gift to their flower girl, bridesmaids and other special people and Richard and Tatiana of DesignstheLimit have four shop sections devoted to Weddings Year Round! Our Wedding Registry Gifts also make great Anniversary Gifts and we can include an established date or any other requests! We have one section for groomsman, one for bridesmaids, and a section devoted to toasting flute and ceremony sets. We specialize in graphic design to gift wrap comprehensive wedding gift services and gifts for every gift giving opportunity! Get social @DesignstheLimit & Keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions! At Design’s the Limit, we find our niche and scratch it! We wanted to offer a gift option for junior bridesmaids and flower girls and have created our Personalized Juice Glass listing so that everyone can be included! These seven ounce juice glasses also make the best first glass for children and can be engraved with any name, monogram, or other request @DesignstheLimit.

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Love birds are often given to brides and grooms as a symbol of true love. Dorota from YOrnaments explains how

Love Birds marry for life – that is why they are a perfect symbol of harmonious marriage.

I love watching the birds nesting in my garden. They inspire me to create my Love Birds Ornaments. I am hoping that a pair of my birds will fly to decorate some rustic wedding table … and maybe later become a little ornamental keepsake for Bride and Groom.

I use beautiful textiles to inject patterns and colors into my felt creations. The photos were taken in my garden. Happy Nesting!

Couples gift love birds

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Some couples who are religious in nature might think about giving their special people these Love Scripture Cards made by Sarah from BellaBoutique23. They have been used by several brides that have given them to guests for their wedding favors. They include scriptures about love and on the back they have a special prayer that goes with the scripture. They also make a nice gift for the Bride and Groom. I have Faith, Hope, and Love themed scripture cards and put together they would make a lovely unique gift. “And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the Greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

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There is always a need for  ceramic square white dishes made by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns. These are ideal for weddings in many ways…. they can be used as candle holders on tables, bridesmaids gifts, parents of the bride & groom gifts, guest gifts and even name holders.

As gifts they will be a lasting reminder to the recipient and can be personalized if desired.

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We must not forget our destination wedding loving couples! Connie from Bungalow42 says Beach wedding perfect!

It is said that the color coral gives a sense of calm and warmth. Two things I would definitely recommend for all brides!

These lightweight pearl earrings are so light and airy that they appear be floating. The luminous light coral freshwater nugget pearls will make any bride glow with happiness on her special day.

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Hand knotted freshwater pearl earrings

And finally, one of the items in my own shop, JaysBoutiqueCrochet, that I can’t resist sharing because of its sweet story! A few years ago a soon-to-be bride approached me asking if I would make her some ivory slippers to wear in her wedding! I was absolutely honored to have my creations featured on her special day – but it got even better! She loved the slippers I sent her, and messaged me again asking if I would make slippers for each of her bridesmaids, with buttons to match their bridesmaid dresses. Of course, I was thrilled and sent off eight more pairs of ivory slippers! Here are some of them (can you pick out the ones meant for the bride?)

We dearly love seeing your wedding-themed products, and especially hearing your personal stories! Thank you to all who contributed, and please feel free to comment with wedding products in your store or stories of how Etsy products were featured in weddings that you have been part of!

Coffee Colored Dreams

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Ahh a subject dear to our hearts.. coffee! What do you carry in your shop that is coffee-colored or related – we’d just love to see it!

Show our readers your vintage coffee items, plus coffee and espresso colored listings – and of course, include your wonderful coffee related stories.

Have fun!

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I used to drink coffee by the gallon, but then one ran out milk (because the kids drank it all) so had a cup of black tea …. that was about ten years go and haven’t drank coffee since!! But I do love the colour and smell of coffee, especially fresh beans. These beads remind me of the shape and colour of fresh coffee beans, and are ideal for a range of jewellery making and craft projects.
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Plastic Barrel Beads – wood look!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Our stainless steel travel mugs are available in a variety of colors, can be personalized with any of our design and font combinations, and we offer engraving on both sides of the mug. We encourage everyone to stop using disposable cups! Personalize your mug and you never have to worry which cup is yours again. Choose the design and font to fit your personal. We love coffee, tea, wine, beer, & spirits and offer a number of monogramming options for any occasion or recipient. Ship direct with gift wrap and cards available, custom orders accepted for logos or inspired designs. Make your next gift a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit.
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Stainless Steel mug

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

I love my organic mild smooth blend cup of coffee a day. When I saw this fabric print I just knew coffee lovers whom were also dog lovers would totally love this dog bandanna. The bandanna shows off different styles of java, alternative names we use for coffee and there are a few coffee beans sprinkled around just making you want that coffee break just to inhale that freshness!
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Pet Coffee Time Bandanna

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

The best coffee is the first cup of coffee in the morning! I love to drink coffee in all variations: black, cappuccino, latte macchiato. This cap is made from a used coffee bean sac. I get the bags from a coffee trader and it is so interesting when I get them. I don’t know the lettering, some bags have the typical hole where the coffee is tested and when I cut out the seams to prepare the burlap for the project I find coffee beans inside.
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Up-cycled Burlap Coffee Bean Bag

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This handmade mug not only holds a generous cup of coffee but the rim is also a sumptuous coffee colour. Being fired to stoneware temperature (1300C) this mug holds the heat of your hot beverage and is also oven safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe.
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Coffee Soup mug

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

What is the key to your ideal cup of coffee? Is a strong version that is dark in color like the dark brown on these beaded dangle earrings? Perhaps you’re the type who needs to add a little creamer? I’ve got that covered (in color) with the smaller seed beads too! Prepared just right, coffee resembles satin to the soul! Which by the way is the type of focal bead made to design these earrings! Start your morning right – take time to stop and smell the coffee!
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Skeleton Key Earrings

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

Instant coffee is fine when you’re rushing out to work on a weekday, but after dinner and at the weekend you deserve the real thing. If you’re the kind of person who makes a big cafetiere of coffee and settles down with the papers on a Sunday morning, then this is for you: a beautiful Harris tweed cosy to keep the rest of the coffee warm while you take your time enjoying the first cup.
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Tweed Cup Cozy

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Don’t forget the cream. In my house the creamer is just as important as the coffee. No skim milk for us! It has to be half and half with fat – no fat free. We want to enjoy the cup of coffee. Here is a large Mexican creamer so we can refill our coffee with good creamer.
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Mexican Pottery Pitcher

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

The sock color is light espresso. Dressed for the outdoors on those very cold mornings these all wool socks will keep your feet extra warm as you are out and on the go and when you need a quick pick me up, I find one of those Starbucks Frappuccino’s to be a great treat! Just enough espresso and you are charged and ready to run!

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Espresso Colored Socks

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries says

I love coffee! Especially freshly brewed early in the morning. This coffee cup features one of my life drawing sketches.
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Sketch Drawn Unique Coffee Cup

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I’m posting this while drinking my fair trade organic coffee this morning. I love the smell of coffee, the look of it in a nice big mug. And, it does have to have plenty of cream in it. Doesn’t having a cuppa just make you take a moment to be grateful and mindful of the simple things in life? And, no dinner party is complete with a cup of coffee after dinner with a lovely dessert.

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Coffee Cart with Carafe

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says

I love my cup of coffee in the morning ! Nothing better then that first sip. It has to be just the right color with the perfect amount of cream added, not too little not too much just the right ivory color.

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Vintage 1950s Satin Wedding Dress

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

I came to appreciate coffee in my 30’s, and gradually evolved from flavored instant varieties (the horror!) to custom blends brewed with a hint of cinnamon. But I still love going out for a hold-in-your-hands cafe-au-lait style mug, with the swirling designs made by an artistic barista. These earrings remind me of those lovely cafe trips.
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Agate and Howlite drop earrings

Carla from CarlasCraft says

I love when an author describes a character and uses names for skin color that immediately resonate with the visual artisit in me. So, when I saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of my Turban Girl and the warm cafe au lait tones to her skin.
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Turban Girl Print

Maryann from gojjell says

As soon as I laid eyes on these handmade glass beads, I knew coffee and cream was the most apt description! Now the owner of this necklace can be reminded of the great brew each time the necklace is worn!

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Glass Lamp beaded necklace

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love coffee and love collecting fun and unique coffee mugs for myself and for repurposing. This colorful mug includes birds in the pattern so it lent itself to becoming a bird feeder! I combined it with a vintage saucer that features a coffee colored pattern too!
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Re-purposed Tea cup and saucer

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I don’t drink coffee at all and am a cocoa and tea lover! I think that pretty gifts including gourmet coffees, teas, cocoas and snacks are a nice way to greet your host and or hostess when you are invited over for beverages, snacks and meals! This vintage ceramic basket is a nice coffee color and would be great to bring with you to a friend’s or relative’s home wrapped up with gourmet coffees and teas, etc. for a special, thoughtful gift!
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Vintage Brown White Slag Candy Basket

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I am a coffee addict. Well, I drink my honey and creme with coffee in it! This necklace is Red Creek jasper nuggets, accented with turquoise and coral beads, and genuine brass beads. Great fall colors or to accent turquoise and coral as a layering necklace.
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Bohemian Tribal Jewelry